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orchid, safe?

post #1 of 13
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I have never had a plant. I have always wanted an orchid. I was wondering if they are safe to have around cats?
Thanks.
post #2 of 13
I do not know.
But unless you know a great deal about orchid care, I would not get one, they are pretty delicate and require very precise conditions.
post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by Arlyn View Post
I do not know.
But unless you know a great deal about orchid care, I would not get one, they are pretty delicate and require very precise conditions.
I do know that. I guess my brother in law is something of an orchid doctor (lol). They bought one, it did not do so well, so he read up on orchid care and nursed it back to health. So I thought if I had any problems I would ask him.
My husband is the store manager at our local Pier 1. Maybe I will just get a fake one there.
post #4 of 13
go to this web page. The ASPCA has a list of toxic and non toxic plants

http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer...cc_toxicplants
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post #6 of 13
BE CAREFUL with any plants...even if they are not toxic, they can still make kitty very sick if they eat it.

Trouty almost died from eating a non toxic plant last year
post #7 of 13
Houseplants are my hobby and I have lots of them. Orchids are notoriously difficult to have yearly blooms in indoor home conditions. Air conditioners, heaters, etc. are not friendly to their growing habits.

Chewing on orchid plants will make your cats sick and I agree with Trouts Mom that almost any houseplant will. Some are just more toxic than others.

In all the years I've had plants and cats I've been really, really lucky because they have never chewed on the poisionous ones. The only plants the cats have ever gone after were the few species of edible palms - and that was more just playing with the leaves.

Although I love plants in the Lily family I will never have them in my home just in case my cats may get into them as they are extremely toxic. I really am careful of plant placement so that the light is good for the plant and they are out of reach or not looking fun to play with for my cats.
post #8 of 13
If you ever were to get one, get it in a hanging container so it's high enough that the cats won't reach it. What color are you planning to buy? I like the purple and white ones.
post #9 of 13
From the link Natalie_ca provided (The Cat Fanciers' Association, "Decicated to...enhancing the well-being of all cats"), the following:

"Orchids are safe to have in the home"
post #10 of 13
Many years ago, I grew all sorts of orchids (organically) and the only ones the cats wouldn't eat were the moth orchids (Phalaenopsis sp. & hybrids). The others were eaten down to the roots. None of the cats got sick. However, because of the pesticides used on orchids I would still be careful about letting them chew on the leaves.

Moth orchids are the easiest to grow as house plants. They need bright light but no direct sun. Let the potting mix dry slightly between waterings. The flowers can last up to four months, but they usually only bloom once a year.
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by Arlyn View Post
I do not know.
But unless you know a great deal about orchid care, I would not get one, they are pretty delicate and require very precise conditions.
that's not entirely true... most people just don't actually read the care label on the plants they buy. They're actually very low maintenance. I don't have a problem with mine, they re-bloom every year for me and the cats don't mess with them.
post #12 of 13
I now have 4 orchids and the cats do not bother them at all!!
One I bought last year just started blooming about 10 days ago and other one is pushing out its flower stalk!! I think they are easier than people think!!
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by GailC View Post
I now have 4 orchids and the cats do not bother them at all!!
One I bought last year just started blooming about 10 days ago and other one is pushing out its flower stalk!! I think they are easier than people think!!
I agree, I think people expect to kill them, so they do. haha
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